This time was different.
The mainstream media and the Democrats brought every weapon they had to the fight against Stephen K. Bannon — and, by extension, Donald Trump, and 61 million deplorables.
For the first 24 hours, they had total control of the debate, and near-total control after that. They defined Bannon, and Breitbart, as antisemites, white nationalists, neo-Nazis. Who could survive that?
And yet Trump did not waver, and the Republican Party did not bend, and the conservative media did not break.
This time, there were no betrayals — no political leaders who tried to help themselves by abandoning the victim of an entirely false and unjustified attack.
Even most of Bannon’s critics and rivals in the conservative media declined to condemn him.
They understood: these were lies. And they knew: if we yield now, they will never stop.